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He faces “between five and 99 years in prison.”

Rapper Tay-K has been found guilty of murder following a 2016 home invasion that left a 21-year-old man dead.

The 19-year-old rapper, who is known for his viral hit ‘The Race’, was found guilty of murder and robbery by a jury earlier today (July 19), according to an NBC Dallas-Fort Worth affiliate.

At the start of the trial, Tay-K, whose real name is Taymor Travon McIntyre, pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated robbery by threats, but pleaded not guilty to capital murder and to a separate count of aggravated robbery. He was acccused of participating in an unsuccessful home invasion robbery in July 2016 that left 21-year-old Ethan Walker dead.

According to NBC‘s report, he was not found guilty of capital murder, “which would have carried a mandatory 40-year sentence.” He now faces “between five and 99 years in prison.”

It is reported that Tay-K, who was 16 at the time, entered Ethan Walker’s Mansfield, Texas, home with six others individuals. A second man, Zachary Beloate, was shot during the home invasion but survived. Latharian Merritt, the man accused of shooting Walker, was sentenced to life in prison last year. Sean Robinson, who was accused of shooting Beloate, pled guilty to murder in November last year and was sentenced to 40 years in prison.

Tay-K’s lawyers argued that the rapper “only participated in the robbery, was not armed, and had no idea that people would be shot,” according to the Star Telegram.

Tay-K was apprehended after the robbery, placed on house arrest, and ordered to wear an ankle monitor.

On March 26, 2017, he tweeted: “fuck dis house arrest shit fuck 12 they gn hav 2 catch me on hood.” A few months later, on June 30, he released the music video for ‘The Race’, which he recorded while avoiding the authorities. The United States Marshals Service apprehended Tay-K that night in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

Tay-K is facing a second capital murder charge in Bexar County, Texas, where officials allege that, while he was on the run, the rapper shot and killed a 23-year-old photographer named Mark Anthony Saldivar.

He is also facing a lawsuit from Owney “Skip” Pepe and his wife Barbara, who claim that Tay-K robbed and assaulted Skip on May 25, 2017 while the 65-year-old man was walking in Arlington’s Cravens Park. The suit reportedly states, “McIntyre then savagely beat the defenseless 65-year-old, leaving him unconscious with multiple broken bones and [a] brain bleed,” and that “McIntyre dragged Mr. Pepe’s body off the trail and left him for dead in the woods.”

Posted On Saturday, 20 July 2019 04:01 Written by

The rumors were true — duh! After not-so-subtly hinting at a collaboration earlier this week, Justin Bieber and his true No. 1 fan, Billie Eilish, have come through with their first (and hopefully not last) musical alliance.

On Thursday (July 11), Eilish surprise-released a new version of her viral hit “bad guy” that features a heavily Autotuned new verse from JB. “Yeah, I’m a bad guy / Ain’t no holdin’ back guy / Come off like a mad guy / Always got your back guy,” he sings, after a few bars dedicated to flaunting his “icy” wealth. The rest of the song remains mostly untouched, though Bieber does contribute some scattered ad-libs throughout.

The best part of this star-powered collab, though, is the photo that accompanies the release: it’s a throwback pic of Billie wearing a shockingly sparkly dance costume, in front of a wall plastered with Bieber posters. Take a better look at the pic below, which both pop stars posted on Instagram.

Interestingly, Eilish’s new star-powered remix could come just in time to block Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” from making history on the Billboardcharts. “bad guy” currently sits at the No. 2 spot on the Hot 100, and a buzzy Bieber assist could be the push Eilish needs to get it on top. Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus’s behemoth hit, meanwhile, has logged its 14th week atop the chart, and is just two weeks away from tying the all-time record.

No matter what happens with the Bill-ieber team-up, though, consider this a win for both JB fans — who are hungry for new material from their fave — and Eilish herself, who’s clearly come so far since those days spent merely gazing at Justin on a wall. A true glow-up.

Posted On Thursday, 11 July 2019 23:17 Written by

So, what’s the twist? Make Alfred young? Give him super-powers? What if he’s not actually the butler but instead the new Robin? It’s nothing thatcrazy, although some may disagree. He has in fact suggested The Batman‘s Alfred be played by a woman. Not just any woman, however, an English actress with a long resume and a lot of acclaim earned from audiences through her various roles over the years. So, who is Conway’s suggestion?

That’s right, the iconic theater, television, film actress and Dame Maggie Smith. Some know her as Professor McGonagall from the Harry Potterfilm franchise, others may remember her from movies like Hook, The Secret Garden or Sister Act. She’s also Violet Crawley in the wonderful former series Downton Abbey (which is also getting a movie), and is most always a wonderful addition to any cast she joins. Does this necessarily mean she’d be a great addition to The Batman though?

As folks may be well aware by now, there tends to be an uproar when an actor is cast that isn’t explicitly like the traditional version of the character. With that said, Maggie Smith is elderly, and English, which seems to be the major things people would most associate Alfred with. The other one would be a character who plays Bruce Wayne’s caretaker/butler/assistant throughout his life, and it also doesn’t seem like it would be that hard to imagine Maggie Smith in the role.

Alfred’s past is typically that he was an actor who became a servant of the Wanye family at the behest of his father. Other stories have made him an intelligence agent, or a man of military experience, but the acting bit has been at the heart of the character from the start. Again, there’s not a lot there that really would vastly compromise the character if Maggie Smith were in the role, especially considering how little Alfred is followed in Batman films.

With all that being said, there hasn’t been a comics iteration in which Batman’s famous butler was actually a housekeeper, or portrayed as a female. This may be why some would argue precedent should mean a man gets the role, even if there are those who support Gerry Conway’s idea. In any case, Conway isn’t some major decision maker in The Batman‘s development, so it’s just one prominent comic book voice’s opinion, but definitely food for thought.

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Posted On Thursday, 04 July 2019 21:10 Written by

Taylor Swift Slams Scooter Braun for 'Manipulative Bullying' After He Acquires Her Music Catalog

Posted On Monday, 01 July 2019 03:30 Written by

The carpet was blue at the BET Awards in a tribute to Nipsey Hussle, who was shot deadaged 33 in March.

The rapper was also given the Best Male Hip Hop Artist and Humanitarian Awards.

John Legend and DJ Khaled performed a musical tribute to Nipsey during the ceremony, which celebrates black culture in America.

Other winners included British singer Ella Mai, Cardi B and Childish Gambino – while Mary J Blige was given a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Accepting the Humanitarian Award on his behalf, Nipsey Hussle’s girlfriend Lauren London said: “Thank you guys for all the love and support.”

She added: “The Marathon continues again,” referring to his Marathon clothing shop – which was where he was shot.

Nipsey Hussle’s parents, grandmother and three children were also on stage to accept his award.

In its 19th year, the BET (Black Entertainment Television) Awards ceremony had a political theme to it.

The Central Park Five – five men who were falsely accused of raping and killing a woman when they were teenagers – came on stage to introduce a performance.

And rapper Meek Mill debuted the trailer for his new Amazon Prime show Free Meek.

The documentary series will take a look at the US probation and parole system and Meek Mill’s imprisonment.

Tyler Perry, who won the Icon Award, gave a powerful speech about black people supporting each other.

The actor, comedian and filmmaker told a story about using humour to help his mum, who was being abused by his dad.

Tyler said his first 10 films were about “wanting her to know she’s worthy – to let black women know you are worthy, you are special, you are powerful, you are amazing”.

He also spoke about his studio, which is based in Atlanta.

“The studio was once a Confederate Army base, which meant that there was Confederate soldiers on that base, plotting and planning on how to keep 3.9 million Negroes enslaved,” he said.

“Now that land is owned by one Negro.”

Lizzo’s appearance was also praised, after she performed Truth Hurts in a wedding dress on top of a huge cake.

The performance included one of her famous flute solos – and it looks like Rihanna was a fan.

London-born Ella Mai won the Viewers’ Choice Award for her song Trip, while Cardi B won Best Female Hip Hop Artist and Album of the Year for Invasion of Privacy.

Other winners included Childish Gambino’s This Is America for Video of the Year and Migos for Best Group.

Beyonce and Bruno Mars won for Best Female and Male R&B/Pop Artist.

Serena Williams and Steph Curry won Sportswoman and Sportsman of the year.

Full list of winners:

Album of the Year – Cardi B (Invasion Of Privacy)

Best Group – Migos

Best Female Hip Hop Artist – Cardi B

Best Male Hip Hop Artist – Nipsey Hussle

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist – Beyonce

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist – Bruno Mars

Viewers’ Choice Award – Ella Mai (Trip)

Best Movie – BlacKkKlansman

Video of the Year – Childish Gambino (This Is America)

Best Actress – Regina King

Best Actor – Michael B Jordan

Best New International Act (Fan Voted Category) – Sho Madjozi (South Africa)

Best International Act – Burna Boy (Nigeria)

Dr Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award – Snoop Dogg Ft Rance Allen (Blessing Me Again)

Young Stars Award – Marsai Martin

Best New Artist – Lil Baby

Best Collaboration – Travis Scott Ft Drake (Sicko Mode)

Video Director of the Year – Karena Evans

Sportswoman of the Year – Serena Williams

Sportsman of the Year – Stephen Curry

BET Her Award – H.E.R. (Hard Place)

Humanitarian Award – Nipsey Hussle

Icon Award – Tyler Perry

Lifetime Achievement Award – Mary J Blige

Posted On Tuesday, 25 June 2019 02:42 Written by

The Philadelphia band chart a tour of North America, the UK and Europe

Sheer Mag have announced their sophomore album, ‘A Distant Call’, with a new single, ‘Blood From a Stone’. Hear it below.

On the fist-pumping track, vocalist Christina Halladay sings of poverty and struggle: “It’s hard luck living and I just make do/But if one thing goes the rest follows suit/What do you expect when you’re living cheque to cheque?

According to a press statement, ‘A Distant Call’ is loosely based on Halladay’s own experiences going through a breakup, the loss of a loved one and being laid off. The album is due out August 23, two years after their acclaimed debut, ‘Need To Feel Your Love’, which NME named one of the best albums of 2017.

“Energy, desire and that indefinable cool that any great rock band must have burst from every angle. This album feels like a celebration, and Sheer Mag sure deserve one,” NME said in its review of ‘Need To Feel Your Love’.

Sheer Mag will also be embarking on an extensive tour of North America, the UK and Europe. Find tickets for their November dates in Manchester here and Leeds here.

Sheer Mag will play:

Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe Live (June 22)
Seattle, WA – The Crocodile (24)
Olympia, WA – Capitol Theater (25)
Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater (26)
Reno, NV – Holland Project (28)
Las Vegas, NV – American Legion Hall (29)
Santa Ana, CA – Observatory (30)
Los Angeles, CA – Zebulon (July 2)
San Diego, CA – Irenic (3)
Fresno, CA – Strummers (5)
Oakland, CA – Burger Boogaloo (6, 7)
Kingston, NY – BSP Kingston (August 30)
Burlington, VT – Higher Ground (31)
Montreal, Quebec – La Sala Rossa (September 1)
Toronto, Ontario – Lee’s Palace (3)
Detroit, MI – Deluxx Fluxx (4)
Columbus, OH – Ace of Cups (5)
Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall (6)
Madison, WI – The Terrace at UW-Madison (7)
Minneapolis, MN – Turf Club (8)
Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews (9)
Omaha, NE – The Slowdown (10)
Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge (12)
Salt Lake City, UT – Diabolical Records (13)
Boise, ID – The Olympic (14)
Vancouver, British Columbia – The Biltmore (16)
San Jose, CA – The Ritz (21)
Los Angeles, CA – The Teragram Ballroom (22)
Tucson, AZ – Club Congress (24)
Austin, TX – Barracuda (26)
San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger (27)
Houston, TX – The Satellite (28)
New Orleans, LA – Santo’s (29)
Birmingham, AL – Saturn (October 1)
Atlanta, GA – 529 Club (2)
Asheville, NC – The Mothlight (3)
Durham, NC – Motorco Music Hall (4)
Washington, DC – The Black Cat (5)
Brooklyn, NY – Elsewhere (9)
Boston, MA – The Sinclair (11)

Amsterdam, Netherlands – London Calling Festival (October 25)
Aarhus, Denmark – Tape (26)
Copenhagen, Denmark – Loppen (27)
Hamburg, Germany – Molotow (29)
Berlin, Germany – Zukunft am Ostkreuz (30)
London, England – Mirrors Festival (November 2)
Manchester, England – Yes (4)
Dublin, Ireland – Grand Social (5)
Leeds, England – Brudenell Social Club (6)
Kortrijk, Belgium – Sonic City 2019 (8)
Benidorm, Spain – Primavera 20th Aniv, Weekender (9)

Posted On Thursday, 20 June 2019 04:38 Written by

Ronson’s new record, ‘Late Night Feelings’, is released this week.

Mark Ronson has released ‘Pieces of Us’, the latest single from his forthcoming record ‘Late Night Feelings’.

The collaboration with King Princess features on the super-producer’s fifth record, which drops this Friday (June 21), and is a twinkling throwback to ’80s pop ballads.

Joining the Grammy award-winning musician and producer on the new latest record are Alicia Keys, Angel Olsen, Lykke Li, and more.

The first single shared from the album was Ronson’s 2018 collaboration with Miley Cyrus, ‘Nothing Breaks Like A Heart’. More recently, he shared ‘Find U Again’ (feat. Camila Cabello), which was co-written by Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker.

In an interview with NME last November, Ronson explained why he was releasing a new solo record despite having several other projects to focus on.

Mark Ronson

“I think that, basically, I was working on it for a couple of years. As soon as ‘Uptown Special’ began to die down and we were done touring. [In 2017], while I was working on some stuff with Silk City and working on some stuff with Kevin from Tame Impala, I was floundering a bit. I was going through some shit in my personal life, and I was just a little messy and un-anchored. I was just throwing a lot of shit at the wall – I was starting to get a little removed from the music.

“I think I was probably trying to make some fun shit and some club shit, but the only thing that came out of my fingers when I’d sit at the keyboard was something that had a little more emotion in it.”

Posted On Tuesday, 18 June 2019 02:05 Written by

In a historic first, the 2019 winners of America’s three biggest beauty pageants are all black women.

Nia Franklin, 25, became Miss America in September, followed last week by Kaliegh Garris, 18, as Miss Teen USA and Cheslie Kryst, 28, as Miss USA.

The wins are particularly meaningful given the competitions’ decades-long history of racism and bias.

Vanessa Williams was the first black woman to win a top pageant in 1983.

After Ms Williams was crowned Miss America, it took until 1990 for another black woman to win a major pageant.

“Mine is the first generation to have that forward-looking mindset that has inclusivity, diversity, strength and empowered women,” Ms Kryst said in her acceptance speech on Thursday.

Ms Kryst is a civil litigation lawyer from North Carolina who also works pro-bono to reduce unfair sentences for prisoners. She will now represent the US in the Miss Universe pageant.

The reigning Miss America, Ms Franklin, is an opera singer who also works with the Sing for Hope charity to promote accessibility of the arts and social change.

Teen winner Ms Garris and Ms Kryst have both also been praised for opting to wear their natural hair in the pageants.

2020 presidential hopeful Senator Kamala Harris, whose father is Jamaican, shared her support on Instagram, saying: “What a tremendous moment for these young, successful women making their own path, on their own terms.”

Miss America, the oldest of the top three pageants, was created in 1921. Miss USA began in 1950 and Miss Teen USA in 1983.

Until the 1940s, Miss America barred women not of “the white race” from participating. Despite later changes to the rules, a black woman did not participate in Miss America until 1970.

In 1968, black women held the first Miss Black America pageant to protest racist standards.

More recently, in the wake of the #MeToo movement, these pageants have continued to change, with many contestants pushing for diversity and women’s empowerment over beauty alone.

Posted On Tuesday, 07 May 2019 04:04 Written by

Miss-K beamed of victory, this past weekend as she was celebrated on International Women’s day, at the third International W.A.W’s (Women Appreciating Women) Awards and Gala; an evening where inspirational women from all walks of life, were awarded for they contribution to society and supporting other women.

An event where Miss-K has been awarded an Honorary Award for her impact to contributing to other women’s empowerment and growth.

Moreover Miss-K has also been selected by the founder Dr.Long to be published in the WAW book of “100 Most Inspirational Women in the World.

Miss-K who is an Afro-Caribbean Latina Artiste, Model, Humanitarian and Entrepreneur, without forgetting a passionateSupporter of women’s rights, has dedicated her time to inspire women for the past decade through her career, by becoming a barrier breaker herself, working her way into the forefront of fashion, earning her the right to be considered as aSupermodel in the field, who has previously been contracted by giant brands such as former Vogue UK Editor, MTN Nigeria, African image Creators, and Rosemary Avenard Fashion House, including standing as a judge for emerging brand, such has Miss Ghana Tourism UK.

Despite the fact that Miss-K couldn’t attend the stylish event, she took to her social Media, to share those words:” How Grateful and blessed I feel for receiving such award.” She further added: “I was incredibly humbled when receiving the invitation from the founder Dr Pauline Long. She is an amazing visionary for having created such movement and I was even more humbled and astounded when she relayed the news to me that I would become the recipient of an honorary award. I am ever so happy to have been given such privilege”

Thus far, the WAW movement, has honoured 360 remarkable women, which has included many iconic names being inducted into the WAW’s hall of fame. Yet, only few have been presented with the WAW honorary Awards, such as: The First Lady of Jamaica, Juliet Holness, MP former President of Zimbabwe Dr. Joice Mujuru, Founder of Ann Franck Trust Gillian Walness MBE, and now the golden girl herself, Karina Theresa Martinez popularly known as Miss-K, just to name a few.

Inclusively Miss-K was inducted on their Hall Of Fame, alongside other amazing WAW women which is dedicated to recognizing and celebrating the achievements of great women internationally who push for positive progress together.

This esteemed group grows with each induction ceremony as women continue to influence and shape the world of arts, athletics, business, education, government, humanities, healthcare and philanthropy.

Miss-K who is also known for her notorious curves, used her voluptuous assets to create a positive change, by proving that women of all shape and size who are part of this society should be reflected in today’s fashion. All this leading her to inspire women to love and believe in themselves and embrace their shape & size no matter what.

Indeed, Miss-K has been a prominent force in the industry and has been such a believer in empowering women’s abilities to do more for themselves, as a result she has written a book titled “Powerful Beauty: Breaking barriers with Kurls, Kurves, and Konfidence”, which is due for release this year. A powerful tool containing 10 points that has led her to walk such successful path.

Posted On Tuesday, 26 March 2019 03:02 Written by

A smile can be infectious. When a person smiles, it makes others return the gesture in most cases. Nollywood star actress Kate Henshaw penned a lovely note about smiling today.

Read it here.

Give someone a smile today and everyday.
It’s powerful and it’s free…
Thanks for this Robbin(bless you)

Posted On Sunday, 04 November 2018 23:48 Written by
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